The Two-Minute-Rule is a defence against procrastination. It will help you stop procrastination before it starts.
The little tasks that you think about doing “later” pile up on your to-do list and eventually become so many, that you don’t have enough time to do them all the way they are supposed to be done, they become rushed. Well here’s a solution for you to stop procrastinating. It’s called the Two-Minute-Rule.
How to apply the Two-Minute-Rule:
- Completing quick tasks
More often than not, the little tasks are the ones we forget to do when needed. Small tasks like booking a doctor’s appointment or putting a book to where it belonged or downloading the data required for your report. Its tasks like these that we don’t do when we realise it needs to be done and then forget to do it until it’s late.
If not forget we tend to think that we will “Do it later” and that later arrives way after it should. For such tasks set a two-minute timer and make your mind to do it. This will let you relax knowing that you have already done it and the option of forgetting it won’t really be there.
2. Starting a big tasks
We often don’t start big tasks that we know will take up a lot of our time. So before starting it, keep in mind that you don’t need to do the full task right now. Start with setting a small goal that you can complete in the next two minutes and once that’s overset the goal for the next two minutes.
Advantages of the Two-Minute-Rule:
- It is very simple to implement
- It prevents procrastination before it starts
- It creates momentum while working for a big project
- It builds a habit of taking action immediately
- Its flexible
Things to avoid while following the Two-Minute-Rule:
- Losing track of time